Gord Brown in the House of Commons in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
UPDATED May 2, 2018 4:14pmET
Tributes came from all parties in the House of Commons this afternoon for Gord Brown, the Conservative MP who died earlier today at age 57.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer spoke first in the chamber:
Andrew Scheer pays tribute to Gord Brown: “Mr. Speaker, we know not the time or the place. But we trust in God’s limitless mercy & everlasting love. We trust that his memory will be a blessing to all of us here. May his soul & the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.” pic.twitter.com/nK2NBdTNk7
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) May 2, 2018
Watch the full speeches:
Many also took to social media or spoke to reporters on Parliament Hill following weekly caucus meetings.
Here’s Conservative MP Tony Clement, who first met Brown in the early 1980s as a young Progressive Conservative:
“I’ll miss him every minute of every day.”—Tony Clement speaks with reporters after learning of the death today of fellow Conservative MP Gord Brown.
Brown, who was 57, represented the riding of Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes, Ont. He was first elected in 2004. pic.twitter.com/piqLoyDo3j
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) May 2, 2018
Brown was first elected in 2004 to represent Leeds–Grenville, Ont. — now known as Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
He was Chief Opposition Whip from 2015 to 2017, and chaired the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage from 2013 to 2015.
**Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will speak in the House of Commons at 2pm ET / 11am PT**
Here is a sample of the reaction on social media
Such sad news about the passing of @gordbrown . My thoughts are with Claudine and Tristan, as well as with Chance. I will remember Gord as a
good friend and trusted colleague. RIP
— Michael Chong 🇨🇦 (@MichaelChongMP) May 2, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville- Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.@GordBrown was an exceptional parliamentarian who will be deeply missed by all those in the House of Commons.https://t.co/ygLHDW6t0c
— Gary Anandasangaree (@gary_srp) May 2, 2018
A good man & colleague died last night in his Parliament Hill office. @gordbrown was an incredibly decent man and father of young children. For all the arguing in politics we are family. To my Conservative friends & to Gord’s family my sincere condolences https://t.co/5CgHxDw4DB
— Nathan Cullen (@nathancullen) May 2, 2018
Terrible and heartbreaking news this morning on the hill. Saddened to hear of the sudden passing of my colleague Gord Brown. I offer my thoughts and condolences to Gord’s family, friends, and the whole @CPC_HQ caucus https://t.co/6Fmro39Z34
— Alain Rayes (@AlainRayes) May 2, 2018
On behalf of the NDP caucus, our deepest condolences to our Conservative friends and colleagues on the loss of Gord Brown. Our thoughts are with his family. Gord will be missed…
— Matthew Dubé (@MattDube) May 2, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of friend and colleague Gord Brown @gordbrown today. Sincere thoughts and prayers for Claudine, his kids and extended family. RIP Gord. pic.twitter.com/GvVKP2ZSmG
— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) May 2, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Gord Brown, a hard-working MP who had the best interests of his constituents at hearth. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP Gord. pic.twitter.com/GyyAtguH6h
— David Lametti (@DavidLametti) May 2, 2018
Sad day on the Hill with the loss of a good colleague. Gord Brown worked hard for his constituents and was a great Canadian. My condolences to his wife and children.
— Mark Eyking (@MarkEyking_MP) May 2, 2018
— Alex Nuttall MP (@AlexNuttallMP) May 2, 2018
Brown also ran unsuccessfully for the Canadian Alliance in 2000. He was a former Gananoque, Ont. town councillor.